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Black Emphasis Program

The Black Emphasis Program addresses the unique concerns of African-Americans in achieving equal opportunity in all employment and program delivery activities.

Why does Missouri have a Black Emphasis Program?

Similar to all special emphasis programs, the Black Emphasis Program was established to address or emphasize the unique needs of African-American employees. Now the program has been expanded to assist the organization in improving program delivery. Although the Black Emphasis Program is not a mandated program, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission highly recommends that the agency initiate these special emphasis programs. In 1984, NRCS formally established a Black Emphasis Program (BEP). Missouri established a Black Emphasis Program in 1992.

African Americans are the dominant minority population in Missouri -- a total population of 612,788 in 1998. In 1993, African Americans accounted for 11.3 percent of Missouri's total population, up slightly from 10.8 percent of the state's total population in 1990. While Missouri's total population increased by 6.1 percent from 1990 to 1998, the African American population increased by 11.1 percent, and nearly twice the rate of the total population.

Program Manager: Autumn Newby (816) 781-5580 ext. 3

National Organization of the Professional Black NRCS Employees

Missouri Chapter

The goal of the local chapter is to enhance the awareness of and improve the level of education and professional development in training blacks within NRCS in Missouri, and to increase the participation of Blacks in agriculture, natural resources and related fields. Membership in the local chapter is open to all employess in Missouri.

Missouri Chapter Objectives

The goal of the local chapter is to enhance the awareness of and improve the level of education and professional development in training blacks within NRCS in Missouri, and to increase the participation of Blacks in agriculture, natural resources and related fields. Membership in the local chapter is open to all employees in Missouri.

  1. Foster a productive working relationship between employees and management
    to promote an effective program delivery system.
  2. Provide a forum for employees to identify concerns and provide information and    recommendations to management on programs. Technical practices, and administrative policies that impact employees, potential employees, and NRCS customers.
  3. Develop a network to assist new employees and employees who relocate with finding housing and other community services.
  4. Enhance awareness and keep employees abreast of local, state, national, and international concerns in agriculture.
  5. Inform employees about career opportunities and avenues for advancing their careers.
  6. Emphasize the importance of the agricultural sciences and related fields to high school and college/university students.
  7. Inform individuals and groups outside of the agriculture arena of the opportunities in agricultural sciences and related fields.
  8. Aid in the recruitment and advancement of employees in positions at all levels of NRCS.
  9. Develop leadership and other skills by conducting training workshops and seminars to disseminate research findings.
  10. Develop a Speaker's Bureau of experts in the field of agriculture to promote positive images of USDA employees.
  11. Work with management to identify training needs.
  12. Establish a formal network of NRCS employees and enable the network to dialogue with other professional minority organizations.
  13. Serve as an adjunct to NRCS in promoting soil, water, and related resources conservation in the Black community.

Missouri Chapter Officers

President
Odie Swanegan
Pest Management Specialist
601 Business Loop 70 West, Suite 250
Columbia, MO  65203
(573) 876-0908

Vice-President
Walter Lane
Resource Conservationist
Parkade Center, Suite 213E
601 Business Loop 70 West
Columbia, MO  65203
(573) 875-5540  Ext. 3
 

Secretary
Autumn Johnson
Soil Conservationist
1 Victoria Drive, Suite 100
Liberty, MO  64068
(573) 781-5580  Ext. 3

Treasurer
Sharita Thomas
Soil Conservationist
1911 Boggs Creek Road
Jefferson City, MO  65102
(573) 893-5196  Ext. 3

Parliamentarian
EC Caviness
IT Specialist
Parkade Center, Suite 233
601 Business Loop 70 West
Columbia, MO  65203
(573) 876-9460

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